Do you ever see someone who totally captivates you? Whether they’re just interesting looking or drop-dead beautiful, you just can’t stop staring slack-jawed at them, wondering how they’re real? And then you begin coming up with their life story in your head and start crafting a makeshift imaginary life for them to fictionally explain how they’re so fascinating?
(If not, move on and don’t judge me).
Anyway, a long time ago when I worked out at the gym (being a very long time ago now), I would see this woman. She was tall, thin, and had tattoos everywhere, but tastefully done. She had long blonde hair and a totally gorgeous face, and I tried so desperately not to stare but couldn’t not stare because she was like a tattooed Barbie doll and I had a minor obsession with Barbies
as a kid, okay, still do.
I kept thinking that, to be working out at random hours in the afternoon, with tons of tattoos, while driving a Mercedes and carrying around a Betsey Johnson bag, she had to be a model.
I imagined Barbie jetting off to foreign lands to model retro clothing for fun pinup calenders. She lived in a retro-cute house with a little pitbull dog and had a hunky rockabilly boyfriend named Elvis and they lived happily ever after drinking beers on the porch and admiring Barbie’s proofs from her awesome photoshoots the day before.
Of course, I’d imagine this while trying to keep up on the treadmill and not act like a complete stalker, which was hard, so usually the stalker part won over.
Anyway. Fast forward several years (and pounds) later and I’m at a one-year old’s birthday party. The mother of said birthday child is a friend from high school of Jessie and I. We’re hanging out, drinking mimosas when WHAM, BAM, there’s Barbie. With a child. At my friend’s house.
So now I’m trying sodesperatelyhard not to stare at her but I really can’t not stare because OHMYGODBARBIEISHERE and she has a kid(?) and this really isn’t how I planned her life to go so WTF is she doing here?
I whispered to Jessie my conundrum and he (unhelpfully) suggested to “go talk to her.” Go talk to her? Go talk to her. My imaginary-life Barbie friend from the gym? And say what? So you aren’t a pinup model. Or you are, but you also have a child. And how do you know Jenney? Shouldn’t you be like, modeling somewhere fancy? Also, I noticed your Mercedes wasn’t here. What’s the deal, Barbie?
No. So I sat. And tried reallyreallyhard not to stare some more. And when my imaginary/real world collision became too much to bear, I left. There’s only so much a girl can take. So I came home and made cake. I had planned to make one when I came home, so at least someone was staying on their life path according to Hayley *ahem Barbie*
Halloween Bundt Cake *adapted from my Rainbow Pinwheel Party Cake recipe
1 box white cake mix, plus ingredients on back of box
1 small box sugar free/fat free instant vanilla pudding mix
Black, orange, leaf green and violet Wilton gel food colorings
About 2 cups powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
Scant 1/3 cup milk
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Liberally grease a bundt pan with cooking spray and set aside.
2. In a large bowl, prepare the cake mix according to package directions. Stir the box of pudding mix into the cake batter until combined. Portion the batter evenly among four bowls. Tint one bowl lime green, one bowl orange, one bowl a bright purple, and one bowl black.
3. Start by dropping colors into the bundt pan, one by one. I started with green, spooning about a scant 1/4 cup of batter into the pan and moved it to cover the pan with a rubber spatula. Then I topped that with some purple, followed by orange and black, then repeated the process until all the batter was gone. Remember, you’re just layering the colors–not swirling–and this will give you the tye-dyed, rainbow effect you’re after. Swirling will muddle the colors, so avoid that.
4. Bake the cake for approx. 25-30 minutes, checking frequently to avoid overbaking. Cake is done when a toothpick inserted near the center comes out mostly clean, and the sides are light golden brown. Cool for about 20 minutes in the pan, and when still slightly warm, gently invert and release the cake to a wire rack to cool completely.
5. For the glaze, mix together the powdered sugar, milk and vanilla extract in a small bowl until a thick glaze is formed. Separate the glaze among two small bowls; tint one black and the other purple.
6. Using a spoon, glaze the top of the cake, alternating the colors. Top with sprinkles, if desired. Allow glaze to harden slightly. Store leftovers airtight for up to 2 days.
**Note: you can also use canned vanilla or cream cheese icing to drizzle, like I did.**
I love this bundt cake recipe because it makes for such a moist cake. Plus, the spooky Halloween colors are totally fun for a party or function at school or work. And, not only is it totally simple to make, but totally impressive as well!
Hope you enjoy!!